We "tweaked" our service times about a month ago and wow, what a difference! Our numbers have edged up, our 2 services are more evenly distributed, people are more on time, and the energy has been great! We just pushed everything 15 minutes later...we are now 9:30 and 11:00. My friend Kim Smith led worship with me on Sunday (her family visits us every Memorial Day Weekend.) It was such a treat! Here was our setlist:
"Because of Your Love" - Baloche
Memorial Day Prayer
"Alleluia (More Than Worthy) - Sheri Carr
"Here is our King" - Crowder
"Your Name" - Baloche
We did a shorter set because the message on DVD with the video bumper has been close to 40 minutes lately and we did a special Prayer for Memorial Day. Good move on my part - the service was perfect! I had a Veteran in a previous church tell me one time how disappointed he was that churches get Veterans Day and Memorial Day confused. Memorial Day is to honor those who have passed...Veterans Day is to honor those who are still with us. I have never forgotten that and always make a distinction between the two in services since that conversation. Here is the prayer we used by Rev. Rick Kozelka
Creator of years, of centuries,
Lord of whatever is beyond time,
Maker of all species and master of all history --
How shall we speak to you
from our smallness and inconsequence?
Except that you have called us to worship you
in spirit and in truth;
You have dignified us with loves and loyalties;
You have lifted us up with your lovingkindnesses.
Therefore we are bold to come before you without groveling
[though we sometimes feel that low]
and without fear
[though we are often anxious].
We sing with spirit and pray with courage
because you have dignified us;
You have redeemed us from the aimlessness
of things' going meaninglessly well.
God, lift the hearts of those
for whom this holiday is not just diversion,
but painful memory and continued deprivation.
Bless those whose dear ones have died
needlessly, wastefully [as it seems]
in accident or misadventure.
We remember with compassion those who have died
serving their countries
in the futility of combat.
There is none of us but must come to bereavement and separation,
when all the answers we are offered
fail the question death asks of each of us.
We believe that you will provide for us
as others have been provided with the fulfillment of
"Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted."
"There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. "
John 15:13 (NLT)
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